RIP RIPBOT264

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This is a cool Windows program for ripping a movie from a DVD, HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc into a compressed file for use on your computer. The MP4 files it creates can be used in iTunes, an iPhone, an iPad and many other devices.


RipBot264 is a “wrapper” application. It is a program that wraps itself around several other programs in order to provide its functionality. This model allows it to perform some complex operations in a fairly easy manner for the user. It has dependencies on other programs that perform very complicated and very specific functions. RipBot264 requires these other components:

  1. AViSynth

  2. ffdshow

  3. haali media splitter

  4. Java JRE

  5. .Net Framework


Another dependency you will find when you go to download the program is that the file has been compressed into a non-standard format. The extension of the file is “.7z” which stands for 7-Zip. I had to download the unzipper from www.7-zip.org before I could install the program. For my Mac I downloaded the unzipper from ez7z.leifertin.info. Both of these programs are free.

RipBot264

www.videohelp.com/tools/RipBot264


  1. Free

  2. Supports popular video encoders

  3. Creates movie files that are much smaller than the original

  4. Rips DVD, HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs

  5. MP4 files can be read by almost all movie players

  6. Available only on Windows

  7. Comes with several presets

RipBot264

If your computer is like mine, you will notice the 3 dependent components that are missing. These must be installed before RipBot264 will run. Underneath the name of each component is a gray URL link. Click on each link to be directed to the web site for that component. Install the latest version you find there (just accept the defaults for each installer) and then shut-down and re-run RibBot264. Each time you run RipBot264 it will check and verify that you have all the required components.


Notice below that I installed AviSynth from the web link and re-ran RipBot264. The first component now shows itself as being properly installed. perform this same series of steps for the other components.

Once all of the components are properly installed and you re-run RipBot264 one more time. You will get this nice empty window that signifies that everything is working just fine:

Installing

Create a folder named “RipBot264” in your “C:\Program Files” folder. Un7zip the contents of the downloaded file into it. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows you will want to place the “RipBot264” folder in “C:\Program Files (x86)” folder instead. The program does not come with a standard Windows installer. Unzipping the program into the destination folder is all that is needed to perform the install.


Next you need to install the dependent components. Double-click the RipBot264.exe program in the “RipBot264” folder. The program will run and probably show a dialog like this:

Ripping Movies

Ripping movies is a fairly easy but time-consuming task. You select the disc that contains the movie or movies you want ripped, you select the particular movie to extract from the disc, you select your options for quality, size, audio, etc and then you select “Start”. Like Handbrake, you go do something else while you wait for the process to complete. In most instances, this involves many hours of processing time.

How I Do It...

For my iTunes home theater which I use with my iPad and laptop, I rip my high definition content (HD-DVD & Blu-Ray) using RipBot264. I use RipBot264 for these high quality movies because it has a preset that produces a better quality movie with a smaller file size than any combination of settings that I could concoct with Handbrake.

Example: Rip Movie From Blu-Ray Disc for iPad

Ripping movies is a fairly easy but time-consuming task. You select the disc that contains the movie or movies you want ripped, you select the particular movie to extract from the disc, you select your options for quality, size, audio, etc and then you select “Start”. Like Handbrake, you go do something else while you wait for the process to complete. In most instances, this involves a few hours of processing time.

  1. 1)Place your movie disc in your drive. Run RibBot264 and select the “Add” button to add a job to the queue. This is how you tell the program you want a movie ripped from a disc. An Open file dialog box will be displayed. Now you will need to navigate to the the folder where the movie streams are located on the disc and select a movie. This path is different for each disc type. For Blu-Ray discs this path is: “<disk drive>:BDMV\STREAM\”. For HD-DVD the path is: “<disk drive>\HVDVD_TS\”. For DVDs the path is: “<disk drive>\VIDEO_TS\”. For Blu-Ray and HD-DVD choose the largest file, for DVDs choose the first file that is one megabyte in size. After selecting your file, RibBot264 will take a few minutes to parse the contents of the disc. The dialog below will then be shown.

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  1. 2)This control allows you to select the movie stream you want to extract. It defaults to the main movie

  2. 3)I would change the subtitle control to be the first entry in the list “0: NO SUBTITLES”. This makes parsing the movie components a little faster plus we would not want the subtitles it extracted anyway.

  3. 4)Select the “OK” button to begin extracting the audio/video streams from the disc. Expect this to take at least one hour. This step rips the movie streams from the disc but it does not create the movie for you. That will be the next step.

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  1. 5)Change the Profile from the default to: “[MAIN 3.0] SD, PSP, iPad”. This says we want to create a movie that is compatible with the iPad device.

  2. 6)Next we will want to set the properties for our movie. Select the “Properties” button.

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  1. 7)Change the CROP control to “Automatically” and wait for the “Please Wait... Gathering information...” message to go away on the bottom status bar. This action removes the black bars around the video which makes your file size smaller and your picture bigger when you watch it.

  2. 8)Click on the SIZE control and select the top “Custom”  entry. This is the one that maintains your picture aspect ratio.

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  1. 9)Change the WIDTH control to “960”. You have to use the click controls. I could find no way to type it in. The HEIGHT value will change automatically to maintain the proper aspect ratio.

  2. 10) If the movie requires forced subtitles, change the “PERMANENT SUBTITLES” control to “Build in picture” and select the appropriate SRT file on your computer

  3. 11) Select the “Preview Script” button to view a preview image frame of the movie. If the movie has subtitles you can scroll to a location in the movie where you know they exist and verify they are shown.

  4. 12) We are done changing the properties of the movie, select the “OK” button.

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  1. 13)We are done defining the movie we want to create. Select the “Done” button.  This dialog will close

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  1. 14)Notice that the movie job we created has been added to the queue

  2. 15)Select the “Start” button to begin the process of creating the movie. Leave your computer and go do something else for a few hours. It will take quite a bit of time to complete.

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